Article Title:"United Future should dump Labour"
Category:New Zealand Daily News
Author or News Staff
Published on:18th April 2004 - 12:00 pm
Story ID:2292
Text:United Future has come under more pressure to withdraw its support for Labour in the wake of the civil union debate, this time from Christian Heritage. Leader Ewen McQueen commended United Future for their opposition to civil unions, which “extremely damaging to family life in New Zealand”, but said they should go a step further by not only voting against the bill, but withdrawing their support for the government entirely on confidence and supply issues. “How can you say the Labour party is acting in good faith when they introduce policy initiatives such as this, which are so diametrically opposed to the family values platform that United Future was elected on? In what way does the Civil Unions Bill take into account the policy priorities of United Future? Basically Labour is treating their main governing partner with disdain, and the confidence and supply agreement is a one way street at the moment,” McQueen said. McQueen cited other examples of Labour's gay-friendly legislation which contradicted the United Future platform, including the Omnibus bill, Care of Children bill, and the Families Commission because it “affirmed diversity”.    
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